Hitler escaped his Berlin bunker and died in Brazil says new book
HITLER escaped his Berlin bunker and died incognito in 1984 aged 95 in a small town near Brazil's border with Bolivia, a startling new book claims.
He fled to Argentina and then Paraguay before settling in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso to hunt for buried treasure with a map given to him by Vatican allies, according to its author.
Post-graduate student Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias has outlined her controversial theory in the book, titled 'Hitler in Brazil - His Life and His Death', which forms part of a thesis she is still working on.
It challenges the accepted view the Fuhrer shot himself in his Berlin bunker on April 30 1945, claiming instead he may have lived as Adolf Leipzig in the small town of Nossa Senhora do Livramento 30 miles from the state capital Cuiaba.
Simoni, a Brazilian jew who comes from Cuiaba, says Leipzig was known locally as the 'Old German.'
She has published a photo of him two years before his death with a black girlfriend called Cutinga - arguing his friendship with a non-Aryan may have been part of a ruse to hide his true identity.
Local papers have reported Simoni is now planning DNA tests using a relative of Hitler living in Israel after been given permission to exhume Adolf Leipzig's remains from his final resting place in Nossa Senhora do Livramento, founded during an 18th century gold rush in the area and now home to just over 12,000 inhabitants.
Simoni, who says she took two years to start probing local rumours Hitler had passed through Mato Grosso, told one interviewer: "I just laughed at first, I thought it was a joke.
"Today I'm convinced it is true and Adolf Hitler didn't end up here by chance."
The journalism student, who has linked the Fuhrer's alleged arrival in the area to a Vatican offer of ownership rights over buried Jesuit treasure in a cave near his adopted home, points out in her book Leipzig was the birthplace of Hitler's favourite composer Bach.
She says her suspicions about Adolf Leipzig increased after she Photoshopped a moustache onto the grainy picture she obtained of him and compared it to photos of the Nazi leader.
According to Simoni, an unidentified Polish nun recognised an elderly man due to have an op at a hospital in Cuiaba in the early eighties as Hitler and demanded he leave - but was reprimanded by a superior who claimed he was there on Vatican orders.
Conspiracy theorists have long argued Hitler escaped from Germany and fled to south America.
The theory the German dictator followed fellow Nazis Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele became the centre of a fresh row last year when two British authors were accused of plagiarism by a journalist in Argentina.
Gerrard Williams and Simon Dunstan claimed in a 2011 book Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler, that the Fuhrer fled with his mistress Eva Braun to Patagonia and had two daughters before dying in 1962 aged 73.
The book was later made into a documentary film. Argentine journalist accused the British pair of using his research to substantiate claims made in the book, a charge Williams and Dunstan denied.
The claims about Hitler's life in Argentina were ridiculed by historian Guy Walters, who described them as "2,000 per cent rubbish" when the book came out.
He added: "It's an absolute disgrace. There's no substance to it at all. It appeals to the deluded fantasies of conspiracy theorists and has no place whatsoever in historical research."
Academics in Brazil have also rubbished the theory Hitler lived and died in Nossa Senhora do Livramento.
Candido Moreira Rodrigues, a history professor at Mato Grosso's Federal University said: "There's nothing new in people who claim to be historians coming up with the most far-reaching theories about Hitler supposedly living in south America and subsequently dying in one of the countries in this region."
Ten of thousands of Nazis escaped after the war, including the notorious Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele.
Investigators probing Hitler's demise were hampered by the lack of any physical evidence for his death.
Fantasists were given added ammunition he didn't die in his Berlin bunker when 2009 DNA tests on skull fragments found near the bunker and believed to be his, turned out to belong to a woman.
Rochus Misch, a former bodyguard of Adolf Hitler who has been named as the last man to see the Fuhrer alive during his final hours in Germany, died last September aged 96.
Misch, who lived with Hitler and his mistress in their underground refuge as the allies closed in, told before his death he saw Hitler slumped with his head on the table after hearing a gunshot behind his closed door.